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2011 Dodge Avenger Review

Despite numerous updates and high safety scores, the 2011 Dodge Avenger’s second-rate performance and cheap cabin materials keep it from becoming a competitive entry among 2011 midsize cars.

Pros & Cons

  • High safety scores
  • Powerful available V6 engine
  • Sporty but comfortable ride
  • Subpar interior materials and small trunk
  • Underpowered four-cylinder engine




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.2
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2011 Dodge Avenger Overview

Although the 2011 Dodge Avenger ranks toward the bottom of its class, it does have some redeeming qualities, such as great safety scores. The Avenger saw some changes for the 2011 model year. Dodge revamped its exterior style and used higher-quality interior materials. While auto critics thought the new cabin materials were an improvement, the 2011 Avenger’s interior still isn’t as nice as those found in rival 2011 midsize cars. However, they were pleased with the new available V6 engine, which they said was noticeably more powerful than the similarly-equipped 2010 Avenger. A redesigned suspension also received mostly positive comments from test drivers, who liked the comfortable, yet sporty ride.

Reviewers said that even with these changes, however, the 2011 Dodge Avenger just can’t stand out in a highly-competitive class. The Avenger’s base four-cylinder engine was disliked for being underpowered and unrefined, and some reviewers also noted weak brakes. The 2011 Avenger also received negative comments for its small trunk and subpar interior build quality. On the tech front, reviewers panned the available touch-screen infotainment system, saying it was hard to use because of dated graphics and bad screen resolution.

The front-wheel drive 2011 Dodge Avenger has a four-cylinder or V6 engine, which is paired with either a four- or six-speed automatic transmission. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control are standard safety features on the 2011 Avenger.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata was completely redesigned for 2011 and auto critics agreed that its dramatic styling inside and out helped it stand out from the pack of bland midsize family cars. Reviewers liked the 2011 Sonata’s long list of standard equipment, competitive fuel economy and powerful base engine. There is no V6 engine available for the 2011 Sonata, but test drivers were impressed with the turbocharged four-cylinder’s strong acceleration.  

If you’re looking for sharp handling, good steering and an overall fun driving experience, reviewers agreed that the 2011 Mazda6 should be on your list. The Mazda6 also delivers with comparable fuel economy estimates. The Mazda6’s large cabin and trunk make it practical enough for families, and its sleek styling helps differentiate it from many used 2011 family sedans.

Compare the Avenger to the Sonata and Mazda6 »

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